Yes, using [float] is going to be the easiest way. Sections like preface and
abstract shouldn't be numbered though and the problem with the 'numbered'
attribute is that it suppresses the numbers from being displayed but does not
stop them from incrementing.
I've just committed a patch to the trunk that inhibits section numbers
incrementing when the 'numbered' attribute is not defined, this is better than
[float] because it does no affect the DocBook outputs:
> Thanks for suggestions,